Oscar prediction

Best Supporting Actor 2016:  Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”

Best Line:  “Would it Help?” Can you win an Oscar for a role with perhaps 30 lines of dialogue? (most memorable — and thrice repeated:  “would it help?”). If so, Mark Rylance is a lock for his stunning portrayal of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s superb “Bridge of Spies” (at least for me,...
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Colin Firth’s Ultimate Acting Test

Want to know if Colin Firth — nominated for a “Best Actor” Oscar for “The King’s Speech” — is truly a great actor? Given his status as the runaway favorite, here’s my criterion:  it’s whether he can convince the audience and viewers that he’s actually surprised if he wins tonight. (And yes, he delivers a...
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